For over a decade Jan Gaye watched the Motown legend's obsession with sex, prostitutes and drugs drive him deeper into despair and paranoia. Staring manically into her eyes, Marvin Gaye held a knife to his wife's throat and begged her to provoke him to kill her. And in a new book she reveals how their relationship reached rock bottom when Gaye suspected she was having affairs and flew into a murderous rage while hight on cocaine and magic mushrooms. I was filled with fear I was petrified, paralyzed.
Personal life of Marvin Gaye
New book reveals tumultuous marriage to Marvin Gaye
Born in , in Washington, D. He recorded songs by Smokey Robinson before becoming his own producer on the protest album What's Going On Singer Marvin Pentz Gaye, Jr. Gaye was raised under the strict control of his father, Reverend Marvin Gay Sr. Throughout his childhood, Gaye often found peace in music, mastering the piano and drums at a young age.
Anna Gordy Gaye, Ex-Wife of Marvin Gaye, Dead at 92
An elder sister of Motown founder Berry Gordy , she became a record executive in the mid-to-late s distributing records released on Checker and Gone Records before forming the Anna label with Billy Davis and sister Gwen. Gordy later became known as a songwriter for several hits including the Originals ' " Baby, I'm for Real ", and at least two songs on Marvin Gaye 's What's Going On album. The first wife of Gaye, their turbulent marriage later served as inspiration for Gaye's album, Here, My Dear.
What was supposed to be a kiss-off alimony payment to his ex-wife shape-shifted into a towering ode to divorce. The maligned and complicated double-LP remains a candid soul confessional. They were pure, and Gaye wanted to be pure too.